According to the Transport Accident Commission, motorcycles represent almost 4% of the number of registered vehicles in Victoria, but account for 15% of all road deaths and 17% of hospitalised claims.
While fatalities are on the decline for motorcycle riders in Victoria, road trauma should not be accepted as inevitable. It's the shared responsibility of all road users to be aware of the risks.
The map below details the number of accidents causing injury that involved motorcyclists in Victoria from 2015-2018.
In Victoria in 2016, 56 motorcyclists were killed on our roads. Of these:
- All were male.
- 71% of the accidents occurred in metro Victoria.
- 53% were involved in crashes between the hours of 10am and 6pm.
- 46% of lives lost were on roads with speed limits of 100km/h or more.
- 27% were involved in single vehicle crashes.
- 32% of lives lost were in head on or overtaking collisions.
- 21% were involved in crashes with another vehicle at an intersection.
Below are some of the most common factors involved in motorcycle accidents in Australia:
- Excessive speed
- Alcohol and / or drug use
- Racing or skylarking
- Hitting items on the road such as animals
- Collisions with other road users
- Road hazards and infrastructure
As a motorcyclist, the best ways to avoid a motorcycle accident include being aware, paying attention to other road users, avoiding excessive speed, never driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and investing in defensive driving training.
Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: April 17, 2019.